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A Ukiah High School teacher’s been arrested on suspicion of annoying or molesting a teen. Police say Benjamin O’Neill was arrested Tuesday for the misdemeanor charge. The Ukiah Unified Schools Superintendent sent out a statement about O’Neill, a health occupation teacher, saying he’s been put on administrative leave while they investigate. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports a letter going out saying as a school district, their first responsibility is to protect kids in their care and if a staff member’s accused of illegal or inappropriate behavior, they conduct a thorough investigation, listening to all sides of the story and try to uncover the truth. O’Neill was booked into the Mendocino County Jail with documents showing he had posted a $7,500 bond and was released.

A man in Sonoma Valley’s found guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the death of his wife who he claims abused him for years. The prosecution was going for a first-degree murder charge against Steven Rothschild for the strangulation death of his wife, Juanita at their home in Boyes Hot Springs. The jury finding Steven guilty of a lesser crime after evidence and testimony from mental health professionals at trial apparently showed Rothschild’s story of finally losing it after years of emotional abuse by his wife was true. He’ll be sentenced at the end of next month and faces up to 11 years in state prison. He would have been facing spending the rest of his life in prison for the first degree murder charge.

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